Welcome to the Catcher University Resources section, a curated list of the tools and websites I strongly recommend for catching training. I have tested every recommendation on this page. Many of the resources listed here are crucial for every training session to truly maximize a catcher’s development.

Before digging into the awesome resources I know and trust, an important disclosure:

Some of the links below are affiliate links, which means that if you choose to make a purchase, I will earn a commission. This commission comes at no additional cost to you. Please understand that I have experience with all of these products, and I recommend them because they are helpful and useful, not because of the small commissions I make if you decide to buy something. Please do not spend any money on these products unless you feel you need them or that they will help you achieve your goals.

EQUIPMENT

Weighted/Underweighted Baseballs

These are my favorite weighted/underweighted baseballs that can be used to build arm strength. I use them because they feel like regular baseballs in the hand with the leather and seams. Our program uses the 4oz and the 6oz balls, but there are many other weight options as well.

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Tennis Balls w/ Carrying Bucket

I use tennis balls is virtually every catching workout, and many of our drills are designed to be used with tennis balls. Any standard tennis ball with do, but this particular product provides 48 balls (meaning you don’t have to pick up the balls as much) and it comes in a convenient carrying bucket.

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TENNIS RACQUET

Want to spice up any receiving or blocking drill? Use a tennis racquet to hit tennis balls for your catcher to receive and/or block. We use this variation all the time for many of our receiving and blocking drills. It increases the difficulty for the catcher and is a fun way to change things up to keep your catchers engaged.

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powernet

No tunnel or throwing partner? No excuse. This net is durable and portable and can be used for any throwing drill in our library. Set this up in a matter of minutes in your garage, basement, or yard and you’re ready to roll. Catcher’s gotta hit, too, and this also a great net for hitting off the tee.

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TRAINER GLOVE – 27 inch model

This might be the best receiving tool on the market, and I wish I had it as a player. This glove is affordable, portable, and makes an immediate difference in receiving skills. Catchers who use this glove see their receiving abilities transformed almost immediately… no exaggeration.

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TRAINER GLOVE – 29 inch model

This tool is just as excellent as the 27 inch model, but this is a better option for catchers who are catching higher velocities. If you could only choose one I would still go with the 27 inch model thanks to its versatility and the fact that it’s better for drill work, but investing in both options is worth every penny.

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ALL-STAR CATCHERS GEAR

Catcher’s gear is largely a matter of preference for each catcher, but All-Star is an industry leader for a reason. This gear is comfortable, protective, and it looks good (because let’s be honest… looking good matters, too!). If you use a one-piece mask, All-Star has the best mask by far. Amazon has several colors available.

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ALL-STAR CATCHERS GEAR – Ages 12-16

Same as above but this set is sized for younger catchers, roughly ages 12-16. If you’re looking for gear to last you multiple years then it’s ok to buy gear that is slightly big so you can grow into it.

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WRIST WEIGHTS

We use the over-load principle in both receiving and throwing transfers to help increase hand quickness. These particular wrist weights are good because the strap is adjustable to fit any size wrist. There are multiple weights available. You want the weight to feel slightly heavy for your catcher but not so heavy that technique completely breaks down.

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MEDICINE BALL

Medicine balls are great for overload training with our Med Ball Transfer drill, plus they are perfect for strength and conditioning exercises.

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AB WHEEL

Jumping Rope is an excellent cardio exercise and it can help improve athleticism/foot speed. If a catcher wants to increase his/her foot speed for throwing, blocking, and exploding out of the catching stance then jumping rope is a great tool. This product is ideal because it’s a speed rope, is small and portable thanks to the carrying case, and comes with extra parts in case anything breaks. This is the type of jump rope I use for my workouts and it is very durable, too.

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AB WHEEL

The importance of core strength for any athlete cannot be overstated. The ab wheel one of the best tools to build core strength. It’s small and portable, too, so it can easily be taken to any gym or training station. It’s also excellent because it doesn’t require any extra equipment so it can be used at home, in hotel rooms, or anywhere else.

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MASSAGE LACROSSE BALLS

Mobility and recovery are huge for athletes, especially as they get older. Lacrosse balls are essential tools for any mobility/recovery program. Catchers should be doing everything possible to ensure their bodies perform at optimal levels, and massage lacrosse balls are essential tools for taking care of the body.

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FOAM ROLLER

Same principles as the massage lacrosse balls, but different tool. Foam rollers are staples for athletes who are serious about taking care of their bodies.

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